Stage 7 from Epernay to Nancy was the longest the peloton have had to endure so far and was labelled a “transition stage” where the race made its way towards the mountains in the Alps. However, today’s stage was anything but a 234km soft-pedal.

The Tour has now completed its first week of racing and there have been 13 riders who have abandoned so far: Mathias Frank (IAM), Stef Clement (Belkin), Danny van Poppel (Trek), Darwin Atapuma (BMC), Xabier Zandio (Sky), Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida), Jesus Hernandez (Tinkoff-Saxo), Egor Silin (Katusha), Chris Froome (Sky), Andy Schleck (Trek), Mark Cavendish (OPQS), Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol), Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida)

If you think that’s a large number of riders who have headed home in the first week compared to other editions, you’re right. Since 2005 this edition of the Tour de France is the second most number of abandoned riders after first week (thanks to ProCyclingStats)

2014: 13
2013: 10
2012: 17
2011: 11
2010: 11
2009: 9
2008: 11
2007: 9
2006: 9
2005: 9

Today was another stage full of crashes, most notably Andrew Talansky going down in the final sprint after running into Simon Gerrans. In the end it was Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) who sprinted to victory ahead of a reduced peloton into Nancy. The result was decided in a photo finish with Trentin pipping Peter Sagan (Cannondale) to the line by only a centimetre.

Click here for the full stage report and results from stage 7 of the 2014 Tour de France.

Enjoy the photos from stage 7 courtesy of Brake Through Media (follow on Instagram and Twitter) and Cor Vos.